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The Healthcare Industry Must Address Data Security Threats Despite the data privacy protections supposedly conferred by regulations like HIPAA and HITECH, consumers' confidential health and personal information is still not safe enough. That's the lesson to be learned from Franklin, TN-based Community Health Systems' (CHS) August 18 regulatory filing. In the filing, CHS disclosed that the names, SSNs, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers of approximately 4.5 million people across 28 states have been stolen, according to Computerworld. Those 4.5 million victims, whom Computerworld reported had either received or been referred for services to CHS-affiliated physicians, are now at risk of identity theft, thanks to the security weaknesses of their healthcare provider. This latest large-scale data breach serves to highlight just how critical data security is in today... (more)

Business Implications for Cloud Information Protection

For some organizations, cloud computing can be a hard sell, even before you come to the question of how to handle cloud-computing security. Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, encryption, tokenization, data residency, privacy regulations - all are factors involved and the perceived effort can sometimes seem to overshadow the benefits. But just as cloud computing comes with a slew of demonstrated business benefits, so does effective cloud computing security. Included below are three specific benefits to implementing a cloud computing security system. 1. Regulatory complia... (more)

What Are the Top Security Concerns When Moving to the Cloud?

Cloud computing brings a myriad of benefits for any enterprise, but it is also a cause for concern in a world where, according to InformationWeek, cyber criminals are now targeting "any company where they can find data to resell, disrupt or exploit." Moving your company's sensitive data into the hands of third-party cloud providers expands and complicates the risk landscape in which you operate every day. In order to understand what concerns should be given emphasis in your cloud security strategy, you need to understand what you can't afford to lose and what can protect you. ... (more)

Cloud Encryption Best Practices for Financial Services

In many industries, cloud computing is now vital to remaining competitive. The cloud typically offers superior flexibility, scalability, accessibility, and high availability, enabling businesses to grow more agile and responsive. Regulatory compliance concerns often make banks and other financial service providers slower to adopt the cloud, but even in the financial services industry, the cloud will soon become a necessity. Banks are already seeing attractive use cases for cloud computing, as Bank Systems & Technology's Bryan Yurcan and Jonathan Camhi pointed out late last year.... (more)

Public Cloud Security Demands a CASB By @CipherCloud | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Public Cloud Security Demands a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) If your business has any investment in public cloud SaaS applications, then it's time to invest in a Cloud Access Service Broker (CASB). That's our takeaway from the recently released Gartner security report, "Emerging Technology Analysis: Cloud Access Security Brokers." More and more enterprises of all sizes are adopting the public cloud, thanks to the cost savings and flexibility and scalability benefits SaaS providers offer. Ninety percent of enterprises that have adopted public cloud applications plan to put ... (more)